SUNY Sullivan Awarded $1.4 Million Grant

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SUNY Sullivan has been awarded a $1.4 million Liberty Partnerships Program grant from the New York State Education Department. The five-award will provide approximately $281,000 per year to the college to serve 255 students annually from the Fallsburg, Liberty and Monticello School Districts in the seventh through twelfth grades.

The grant, which begins September 1, will also partner with three community-based organizations: SALT (Sullivan Agencies Leading Together), Catholic Charities and the Hurleyville Maker’s Lab. All partners will combine resources to increase high school graduation rates and promote college readiness and career development. Risk factors and red flags that signal a student’s chance of not completing high school will be addressed.

“The college is extremely pleased to partner with the Monticello, Fallsburg and Liberty school districts as well as our community-based organizations to help increase the success rates of our Sullivan County youth,” said Jay Quaintance, SUNY Sullivan President. “Dropping out of high school impedes a student’s attainment of a college degree, decreases the availability of a skilled workforce in our county, and prevents our residents from earning a livable wage.

“With Sullivan County poised for significant economic growth, SUNY Sullivan wants to make sure our residents have the necessary skills to secure good-paying jobs while at the same time ensuring that our county has the skilled workforce needed for business success and growth.”

The partners will work together to evaluate students, prepare individual learning plans, organize students into appropriate tutoring and mentoring cohorts, and refer students who are experiencing academic or personal/emotional crisis to agencies, including Catholic Charities, that specialize in recovery and intervention.

Staff members funded by the grant will develop a customized learning program to help with each student’s academic and personal success. Civic responsibility, leadership skills, and volunteerism will also be highlighted. Students will participate in service learning projects that will improve their communities, and they will help other students in the program.

Mentorship, tutoring, as well as college and career readiness and study skills classes will also be incorporated, along with guest speakers and field trips. The program will be held throughout the school year, as well as during the summer months. Financial assistance for participating students who seek to attend SUNY Sullivan while in high school will also be provided.